August 25, 2017/Blog, Media

Hurricane Harvey Resources

We have compiled a list of resources for you below. Please share with your network and those affected. Take extreme caution. Turn around don’t drown.

Please only call 911 for immediate medical, fire or police emergencies. Call 311 to report flooding or debris in streets.

Clean Up

  • Disinfect items that touch floodwaters: 1 cup bleach/5 gallons CLEAN water. Dispose of whatever cannot be washed.
  • If cans have come in contact with floodwater or storm water, remove the labels, wash the cans, and dip them in the bleach/water solution. Re-label the cans with a marker.
  • Food containers with screw-caps, snap-lids, crimped caps (soda pop bottles), twist caps, flip tops, snap-open, and home canned foods should be discarded if they have come into contact with floodwater because they cannot be disinfected.

Report debris or flooding

  • Call 311 from your phone to report debris or flooding

Power outages

  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • Report downed power lines by calling 311

Food safety after power outages

  • Your food should be safe as long as power is out no more than 4 hours
  • Keep the door closed as much as possible
  • Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers) that have been above 40 degrees F for over 2 hours

Resources for Hurricane Harvey

  • Visit for the latest on the storm.
  • Visit or (español) for tips on how to prepare for and stay safe during hurricanes and flooding.
  • Visit the FEMA Social Hub for updates from official emergency management social media accounts.
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App to receive alerts from the National Weather Service, get safety and survival tips, customize your emergency checklist, find your local shelter, and upload your disaster photos to help first responders.

Social Media Accounts

Legal hotline

  • The State Bar of Texas has established a legal hotline at 1 (800) 504-7030 to help people find answers to basic legal questions and connect them with local legal aid providers.

Monetary donations and volunteering